23 November 2020

Further PhD student prize success for the Department

Recent PhD Graduate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dr Antonia Yorkshire was named as the winner of the The Adam Neville Prize, presented to the best national PhD in the field of cement and concrete.

Dr Antonia Yorkshire receives the Adam Neville PhD 2020 award

The Neville Centre Symposium is held annually and features influential speakers delivering topical talks on cement and concrete. The Adam Neville Prize event takes place alongside the Symposium, and is an opportunity for the best national PhD student in the field of cement or concrete to present their research to a panel of experts from the Neville Centre and the Concrete Society. The panel then judged each presentation and announced the winner of the Adam Neville Prize.

Finalists for the award included candidates from the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Leeds with the Prize eventually going to Dr Antonia Yorkshire from the University of Sheffield for her PhD Thesis entitled “Uranium, Plutonium and Technetium Interactions with Cement Minerals for Radioactive Waste Management”.

This year’s event was hosted virtually by the University of Leeds. The symposium also included a number of guest speakers in the field of sustainable cement technologies, including Prof John Provis from the University of Sheffield.

In September, Antonia successfully defended her PhD, and is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cements@Sheffield research group.